Catching up with other people’s work

I wonder why they planted those trees?

One of the enjoyable things about doing a project like this is that you uncover work that other people have already done. 

This morning for example I was looking for information about Charter House, the huge triangular brutalist building that dominates Ashford and came across Niccio who had written about it on his blog a few years ago.

His blog is called Ashford Heritage and hasn’t been updated for a while – but it’s a great source of information. He’d done some great research into the Masonic Temple, the College (of Priests) in the Churchyard, and Dr Wilk’s Hall.

Then there’s another great blog, this time called Ashford’s Heritage, which has been set up by people connected to Ashford Museum. Understandably perhaps this is more focused on the listed buildings than on the more modern (and controversial) architecture. But it’s a great source of information.

I’m putting links and photographs into the relevant entries in the timelines. But sometimes there’s pretty little information to go on. 

This afternoon’s challenge was to find information about the 1970’s carpark on Edinburgh Road – definitely a building of its time but not one that many residents will treasure. In the end I came across a press clipping that said that it was built in the early 70s but it would be good to have a precise date. Does anyone know?

And I also spent a while looking at and photographing Northgate House. Now there’s another building I personally could do without. But I’ll save that for another time.

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